Seeking Mentors for Those Early in Recovery From Eating Disorders: Project HEAL recently launched a new pilot program, Communities of HEALing, designed to explore the ways that peer support and mentorship can help individuals to fully recover from an eating disorder. We are currently studying the program in the context of a randomized controlled trial with researchers at Columbia University. The program includes several separate components: weekly support groups in local communities, possible 1:1 mentorship for those newly out of treatment, other facilitated experiences, and in some cases social support in the form of group cultural and entertainment outings.
We are currently seeking mentors for the study with NO PAST HISTORY OF AN EATING DISORDER. Social support mentors provide support to mentees in the form of sharing weekly social activities intended to help them build a social support network–going to a museum, seeing a movie, going to a new cultural exhibit–that are not focused on the eating disorder. Social support mentors make a commitment of about 3 hours per week, which includes the weekly meeting with their mentee and regular supervision calls.
This is a great opportunity to help advance scientific understanding of eating disorders, gain clinical experience, and support those in recovery from an eating disorders. Social support mentors must not have had past experience with an eating disorder, and cannot have any formal clinical training (social work and psychology graduate studies). Great opportunity for current undergrads in psychology. Link to application here.
Kristina Saffran Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer